SME Times News Bureau | 08 Jan, 2019
Assam witnessed a total shutdown on Tuesday in response to a shutdown
called by the North East Students Organisation (NESO) in protest against
the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill even as strike supporters ransacked a
BJP office in Dibrugarh town.
Police and security forces deployed
in Dibrugarh had to fire gunshots in the air and also tear gas to
disperse a mob that went unruly in the town, which is home to Assam
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Police said the situation
turned unruly suddenly after a group of people shouting slogans against
the Bill gathered in front of the BJP office in Amolapatty in Dibrugarh
and ransacked it.
The protesters also stoned the security
forces, injuring three policemen including Additional Superintendent of
Police Surjeet Singh Panesar.
Hundreds took to the streets in different places of Assam to enforce the shutdown leading to stray incidents.
Strike supporters burnt tyres in many areas blocking movement of vehicular traffic.
At some places, the strike supporters damaged plying vehicles.